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STEP NINE

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GLAD TO HAVE YOU BACK

Whilst making a list of persons I had harmed or disappointed by my behaviour in drink, I was able to make direct amends to those in my family and social circle.  I am pleased to say that, so far, I have had no rebuffs. "Glad to have you back" was the response from some people.

These amends were spread over a period of time.  I did not rush in where angels fear to tread. Too much enthusiasm means, to me, too little substance and honesty.  I took time with some, others who could readily see that I was determined to take the road to recovery, embraced my efforts.

My behaviour in drink did not include stealing from comrades or my service.  Anyway, I would not have lasted five minutes, my contemporaries would have sorted me out before handing the remains to my superiors who, of course, did not know anything about my problems, did they?

As the world is regarded as a global village, it would not surprise me if I bumped into some of them in some part of the world.  I did meet two people who knew me in active alcoholism, from both I got a cool reception. That was twenty-five years ago, maybe they would have a different view today.  The main thing is for me to be ready to make amends, come what may

There are some people whom I would dearly like to meet and, hopefully, renew our friendships but time and geography have probably put paid to this.  But the world is a village, isn't it?

This might appear to be too breezy for a Step Nine.  After being taken through the Steps I have endeavoured to use some or all of them on a daily basis. My Steps Eight and Nine have always been close knitted and appear to overlap. This is my recovery and to date it has given me a life beyond my wildest dreams and of those whom I put through my mill.

PETER R